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Abducted Children, Japanese Law and Domestic and International Politics

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Room 505

Japan's export oriented economy has resulted in "transnational" marriages that in turn have resulted in transnational divorce and in some cases, Japanese spouses (typically women) have "escaped" with their children to Japan, even where the foreign national court with jurisdiction over the marriage and the children has awarded custody and/or visitation to the non-Japanese spouse. These abducted children have presented domestic and international issues for Japan as the foreign spouse and their governments have sought (unsuccessfully) return. Professor Carl F. Goodman discusses how Japanese law impacts custody, visitation and return and considers complications, both domestic and international, that may arise under pending domestic legislation that could pave the way for Japan's accession to The Hague Convention Concerning the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Carl F. Goodman is Adjunct Professor of Japanese Law at both The George Washington University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former Professor at the Hiroshima University, a Fulbright Scholar at Tokyo University and a Visiting Scholar at Chuo University. He is the Author of two books on Japanese law - The Rule of Law in Japan: A Comparative Analysis, 2d Revised Edition, Kluwer Law International 2008 (3rd Edition anticipated later this year), Justice and Civil Procedure in Japan, Oceana Publications, 2004 and numerous articles dealing with Public Personnel Law, International Law and Japanese Law. He has lectured on Japanese and American law in the United States, Japan, Canada, Chile and Indonesia. Professor Goodman is a retired Partner of the International Law Firm Jones Day and a former General Counsel of the United States Civil Service Commission. As a Foreign Service Reserve Officer he represented the United States as the United States Agent before the International Lake Ontario Claims Tribunal (United States and Canada).

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